The Tea Party is generally described as being violent due to the tendency of it's more, shall we say eccentric members to carry assault weapons to political rallies and cheer for executions. Not that it's necessarily an accurate representation of the majority of this movement's followers, however it seems to be a more rational leap to accuse these people of being violent than several hundred jay walkers. It concerns me that you neglect to mention the cause these protesters were supporting but were instead infuriated by their negligence of traffic laws and the "liberal" media's "persecution" of the tea party. It's an interesting line we heard a lot from Glenn Beck and the other Fox lackeys, of course I'm not insinuating that Fox News isn't "Fair and Balanced". That would be "ridiculous", Fox News is always telling me how the liberal media is brainwashing me, Fox News definitely isn't liberal, just fair.... and balanced? Back to my original point, the idea of young politically motivated individuals standing up in defense of the American Dream and equality doesn't disturb me any more than the idea of a man worried about his second amendment rights expressing himself by bringing a weapon as a physical extension of his belief. I don't agree with him but I don't characterize an entire group of people by his actions alone. Seriously though the conservative debate where the audience cheered his state's incredibly high execution rate seemed kinda evil. One of the few examples where I'm for less government.
As for the American dream it is just more idiocy that we are taught in school that doesn't actually exist in the real world. The reason you can't see something as subjective as the American dream is because its only in your head. It doesn't actually exist. Asking for something like the American dream and being disappointed is expected since not only is the goals usually unrealistic garbage but it means something different for each person. The fact is they put out demands and not one of them even touches reality and until that changes I will ask them to move so that business can commence.
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I understand how it might seem that I want an end to poverty. Not true at all and although I realize I rambled a little bit in my entry if you peruse it carefully I never said that. While I do not believe that there will ever be a time when everyone is happy and every single person can live comfortably I do believe that there are significant problems with the division of wealth in our country. The 400 most wealthy American's possess approximately the same total combined wealth as that of the 150 million least wealthy in our country. This is a statistic quoted by sensationalists like Michael Moore and while it's meant to be shocking, it's meant to be startling, and it's meant to anger it doesn't make it untrue. I also never said I truly embraced the idea of the American Dream where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. It doesn't exist and that's the problem, the pursuit of lofty goals isn't worthless. We don't get anywhere if we don't do something and I'd rather have a small lower class, small upper class, and a fat healthy middle class. I don't disagree that the demands being put forward aren't sensible or realistic. But they're doing something and while they bear responsibility for the legal consequences of the actions they take I don't think it takes away from the core idea of what they're fighting for. It's possible that I'm to optimistic but it's also possible your too cynical to want to accomplish anything.
Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr. LOL
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment. Just goes to prove what people have been saying about them.
Sorry, I can't continue. What a bunch of morons.
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Even if you stat, or Moore's (which is questionable at best) is true, or reasonable, it fails to address the truism that ANYONE in this country has the opportunity to achieve what they want. It isn't hard to break into the middle class, or further if you realize that YOU have to do it, and not wait for someone else to give it to you.
Why do you think that? Of course it exists. But, no one is going to just give it to you.I also never said I truly embraced the idea of the American Dream where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. It doesn't exist and that's the problem
And what is that exactly? From what I see it would be the end of capitalism.I don't disagree that the demands being put forward aren't sensible or realistic. But they're doing something and while they bear responsibility for the legal consequences of the actions they take I don't think it takes away from the core idea of what they're fighting for.
What would be accomplished in this country by destroying business? What would be accomplished by ending a representative republic in favor of a pure democracy? Which by the way would give up freedoms, not free you.It's possible that I'm to optimistic but it's also possible your too cynical to want to accomplish anything.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.